MERSEY MARITIME NEWS
Yes, it’s only Thursday and not quite the month end yet, but there’s so much good news coming our way that we simply can’t wait. Here then, is the best of July’s news, plated up as a tasty chef-style reduction, to give you a richer, more concentrated flavour in super-quick time. The good news is that we’ll be looking to increase the frequency of the newsletter to fortnightly after the summer in order to accommodate the volume, so please do keep your news coming in.
Meanwhile, the Mersey Maritime team are busy putting together final details for a visit to Liverpool on 1 July by Alderman The Lord Mountevans of Chelsea, Chair of Maritime London; confirming arrangements for Face-2-Face on 7 July with Peel Group (now fully booked); and working up plans for a rather special Liverpool event as part of London International Shipping Week in September. Watch this space…..
PEEL PORTS REACHES CONSTRUCTION MILESTONE ON LIVERPOOL2
Peel Ports has reached a major milestone in the construction of its new deep water container terminal Liverpool2, having achieved:
• Phase 1 of infilling to reclaim 12 hectares of intertidal area completed
• 1.43 million tonnes of sand and silt deposited from dredged material
• The near completion of piling for a 700m quay wall
• Programme working around 10 metre tidal range – second highest in UK
FLYNN REFRIGERATION TO SUPPLY EGYPTIAN DRILLING COMPANY JACKUP RIGS
Flynn Refrigeration is to supply refrigeration and air-conditioning products to jackup rigs operated by the Egyptian Drilling Company (EDC). The deal has already generated work supplying two EDC jack-up rigs located in Gabon, West Africa, and the Red Sea, Egypt. Carolyn Flynn, who co-owns the company with husband Alex, said: “We were introduced to EDC through one of our long-standing maritime clients. EDC has now included us on its vendor list which has already led to our first contracts supplying refrigeration spare parts and fan motors to jackup rigs. Mrs Flynn added: “We have expanded our product portfolio with a new range of bespoke marine evaporators, condensers and air-conditioning systems. [….] Critically, they can operate in extreme temperatures and harsh dusty environments frequently experienced in the Middle East. Flynn Refrigeration were winners of the SME of the Year award in the first Mersey Maritime Industry Awards in March. www.flynnrefrigeration.co.uk
SEAKING ELECTRICAL APPOINTED TO MERSEY FERRIES FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT
SeaKing Electrical has been appointed to a four-year framework agreement for Mersey Ferries. The Birkenhead based firm, which employs around 125 engineers, has been formally accepted onto the marine engineering consultants framework for Mersey Ferries until 2019. SeaKing MD Dave Gillam said: “We are delighted to secure such a prestigious long-term agreement with Mersey Ferries. [….] Our USP lies in the high quality, range and flexibility of our service, combined with the knowledge and experience of staff.”
SeaKing will be providing Mersey Ferries with a complete marine electrical engineering service, involving high-skill design, manufacturing, installation and maintenance.” www.seakinggroup.co.uk
PORT OF LIVERPOOL TO CREATE 47 JOBS AT NEW £100M BIOMASS FACILITY
Port operator Peel Ports is to create 47 new jobs at a new £100m biomass handling facility in a deal
with the Drax power station in Yorkshire. The deal will see Peel handle up to 3m tonnes of wood pellets a year imported from North America. Up to 300 jobs will be created during construction of the facility. The biomass terminal will include a rail loading facility and storage capacity for 100,000 tonnes. Mark Whitworth, CEO of Peel Ports, said: “Our new relationship with Drax illustrates the importance of east/west connectivity in driving growth and creating jobs in the North of England. In addition it shows how globally important assets such as the Port of Liverpool can be used to unlock the potential of the Northern Powerhouse by helping businesses like Drax ensure the security of their supply by putting in place well thought out global supply chains.” www.peelports.com
BEECH GROUP REBRANDS CONSULTANCY DIVISION AS OBSIDIAN ENVIRONMENTAL
In a move to provide a separate identity for its geo-environmental consultancy division, Beech Group has rebranded Beech Consultancy to Obsidian Environmental. The company is currently noise and vibration monitoring for blue chip clients, helping other clients with waste management licences and permits, preparing a feasibility strategy to raise and dispose of an 80 tonne sunken boat and doing a vast project to infill a former quarry. www.obsidianenvironmental.co.uk / www.beech-group.co.uk
MERSEYSIDE PR FIRM POLARIS MEDIA APPOINTS POLISH PARTNER
Specialist PR firm Polaris Media has appointed its first European exports partner – the British Polish Chamber of Commerce (BPCC) in Warsaw, which will now represent Polaris’ services to Poland’s maritime, energy and engineering sectors. Polaris director Ben Pinnington said: “As one of the few specialist maritime and engineering PR firms in Europe we believe we have a strong exports offering in expanding nations like Poland.”
Polaris offers overseas firms the opportunity of reaching a global audience through PR written to a professional standard of English – the language of the maritime and engineering industries and of many leading trade publications. Clients of Polaris Media include: Roxtec, Oman Shipping, Oman Drydock, Cammell Laird, James Troop, SeaKing and International Safety Products. Polaris has offices in Liverpool, Ellesmere Port and Manchester. www.polarismedia.co.uk
EXIS TECH LAUNCHES NEW WEB SERVICE FOR DANGEROUS GOODS VALIDATION AND DATA INTEGRATION
Exis Technologies has launched a new web service that allows companies to integrate current dangerous goods regulations into computer-based systems. Hazcheck Web Service is a web API based version of Hazcheck Toolkits, a set of dangerous goods data packages and routines for incorporation into existing cargo booking, handling, ERP and planning systems used by container lines and ports. James Douglas, Director of Exis Technologies, said: “Hazcheck Web Service allows companies to outsource expertise; Exis has been supplying Hazcheck Toolkits for integration into existing systems for over ten years. Detailed knowledge of global transport regulations, which are very varied and complex, is not required by in-house staff. Data can be integrated quickly and efficiently, dramatically reducing system development time. As Hazcheck Web Service is updated regularly in line with the changes to the regulations, customers always have the most up to date information to hand.” Click here for details or email: email@example.com
JAMES FISHER MARINE SETS UP NEW OFFICE AT ORBISENERGY
James Fisher Marine Services has set up an office in the OrbisEnergy hub in Lowestoft to build relationships with offshore wind developers and raise the profile of its services and its offshore support vessel, Dart Fisher. The company – part of the James Fisher Group – will focus on the development of its Offshore Wind Management System (OWMS)™ and its ability to deliver a more sophisticated approach to recording operational data to assist understanding around planning and managing offshore wind farm activities. www.james-fisher.com
BIBBY HYDROMAP ADOPT QPS QIMERA
Specialist survey and seabed mapping company Bibby HydroMap has announced the integration of Qimera, a new bathymetry processing application from QPS, into its Management System, the first survey company in the UK to do so. The investment has been made in recognition of the increasing scale of the projects Bibby Hydromap is involved with and the need to optimise efficiency and accuracy in the volumes of data handled through the company’s Bromborough head office. www.bibbyhydromap.com
ALTRAD NSG WINS MAJOR CENTRICA ENERGY OFFSHORE CONTRACT
Access and industrial services specialist Altrad NSG has been awarded a multi-million pound offshore contract by Centrica Energy. The business, which operates across the UK, has won a five-year contract with Centrica to provide access solutions, repair and maintenance services on both onshore and offshore projects, creating 50 new jobs. Altrad NSG managing director Mike Carr said: “This is our first major offshore contract and is a significant milestone for the business. […] Offshore work provides a fantastic opportunity for us as we continue to build on our complete maintenance solution approach and we are now looking towards the North Sea to expand the offshore division of the business.” Deeside-headquartered Altrad NSG is one of the UK’s leading multi-discipline providers of contract services and employs more than 500 people nationwide. Core sectors include on and offshore oil and gas, petrochemicals, power generation, steel production, ship building, rail and civil infrastructure. www.altradnsg.com
BAKER TILLY TO ADOPT RSM AS A GLOBAL BRAND
Independent tax and audit advisor Baker Tilly is to adopt the brand name RSM later this year – along with other all RSM International member firms – in a move to unite them under a single global brand. RSM International is one of the largest networks of independent audit, tax and consulting firms in the world. The move aims to strengthen Baker Tilly’s presence in the middle market, creating opportunities for clients to benefit from the network’s combined resources and expertise, regardless of borders. Baker Tilly was recently named Best Accountancy Firm for Smaller Companies at the annual Finance Director’s Excellence Awards. www.bakertilly.co.uk
WEIGHTMANS IN MERGER TALKS WITH YORKSHIRE RIVAL
Liverpool law firm Weightmans is in late stage talks to merge with Yorkshire- based Ford & Warren, with a view to completing a merger of the two firms in July 2015. If the deal goes ahead, the merged firm will have 187 partners and over 1,400 staff. www.weightmans.com
In the past few weeks we have welcomed several more new members to the Mersey Maritime fold. They include specialist marine services company James Fisher Marine Services; the Liverpool Pilots, whose skill in safely manoeuvring Cunard’s ‘Three Queens’ in tandem on the river during their recent visit to Merseyside has been much praised across the international press; Stanlow Oil Refinery owner Essar (ESL Fuels); Briggs Automotive, the British manufacturer of the ultra-high performance, road legal supercar, BAC Mono; UK Logistics business Acorn Storage; specialist marine elevator company Certa Elevators; audio visual company Adlib Audio; and Mersey Port Health Authority.
If you are not yet a member and are interested in joining, call one of our team on 0151 647 4747.
PEEL SUBMITS PLANS FOR LIVERPOOL INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS PARK
Peel Logistics, a division of Peel Land & Property, has submitted plans to build a huge 175,000 sq ft industrial unit in South Liverpool in preparation for the opening later this year of Liverpool2, the new deep water container terminal at the Port of Liverpool. Peel Ports, another division of the Peel group, aims to attract new business away from the congested south coast ports and into Liverpool following opening of the new terminal, which can handle some of the world’s biggest container ships; with an increased demand for industrial and logistics space. Matthew Fitton, development director at Peel Logistics, said: “Peel Logistics is committed to bringing forward development opportunities within the portfolio and the submission of the full planning application is an example of us preparing oven-ready sites.”
JAMES TROOP SUPPLIES NEW ENGINE TO HISTORIC VESSEL KATHLEEN & MAY
Merseyside-based engine specialist James Troop & Co has supplied a brand new Volvo Penta engine to the Kathleen & May, the last British-built wooden hull three-mast top sail schooner still in operation. Working in collaboration with Cammell Laird, the D13 450 brake horsepower engine, along with a new generator, was successfully fitted on the vessel at its mooring at Liverpool’s Albert Dock. James Troop’s operations director Robert Pollock said: “As a Merseyside maritime business we were immensely proud to support the Kathleen & May Heritage Trust. The Kathleen & May has become synonymous with Liverpool and the Albert Dock in recent years so it was a special assignment for us. The engine we supplied is massively more powerful, more efficient and more eco-friendly than the original one which was no longer fit for purpose.”
MARITIME AND OIL & GAS ENGINEERS TO GET PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT BOOST
Matchtech and the IMarEST have announced a partnership to support the professional development of engineers working in the maritime and oil and gas sectors. The partnership will allow Matchtech’s registered users to gain a complimentary 12 month membership of the IMarEST and work towards a professional qualification, such as Chartered status. The move aims to redress the fact that of the 2.7 million self-declared engineers working in the UK, only 230,00 are currently registered with a Professional Engineering Institution. David Kelly, Head of Marketing for the IMarEST said: “Employers are looking at those who are keen to enhance and maintain their professional development. Membership to the IMarEST not only demonstrates commitment to your career, but also allows you to use the experience that you’ve gained and put this towards an internationally recognised professional qualification, such as becoming a Chartered Marine Engineer.” Details from Matchtech on +44 (0)1489 898160 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
RECORD RESULTS FOR RS CLARE
Lubricants and road marking specialist RS Clare has achieved record results for the third year running, turning over 32.04m in the year to Dec 2014, up from £27.33m the previous year.
Exports now account for £9.67m of the company’s sales, up from £9.61m previously.
RS Clare makes high performance lubricants and greases for major oil, gas, rail and marine companies, while its surface coatings division produces road markings and anti-skid surfacing products for use on roads, or also on board vessels such as car ferries.
ENGINEERING EDUCATION SCHEME SEEKS STUDENT PLACEMENTS FIRMS FOR 2016
The Engineering Education Scheme (EES) has celebrated its 30th year with a Science and Engineering day which saw 21 schools and 100 students from across the North West compete in an event hosted by the University of Liverpool. The EES is the UK’s foremost programme for identifying young science and engineering talent among 16/17 year olds, allowing them to work for six months on a real commercial project with a local company. Examples of the complex projects tackled this year included students working with Siemens on a Vehicular Speed Detection device, with Ansaldo NES on a Nuclear Waste Levelling System and with Sellafield on Silo Decommissioning. EES are actively recruiting local businesses interested in participating in next year’s scheme. Contact EES Business Manager Mark Wood on email@example.com or visit www.etrust.org.uk for details.
Mersey Estuary Forum
Date: 3 July 2015; 9.15am for a 9.45am start until 1pm
Venue: Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool
Organiser: Healthy Waterways Trust
This year’s Forum will cover topics including information about the work of the Liverpool Waterfront Partnership; The Canal and River Trust’s work to animate water spaces, and presentations on the history of the Mersey Estuary and Wirral Waters – providing an overview of the largest regeneration project in the UK. To reserve your place click here. www.healthywaterwaystrust.org.uk
Business Engagement Event: Doing Business with Sensor City
Date: 7 July 2015, 9.30am to 15.00pm
Venue: Redmonds Building, Brownlow Hill, Liverpool L3 5UG
Organiser: Sensor City (part of LJMU)
This event will bring together business professionals and academics with a vested interest in the development of sensor systems and technologies – to share knowledge, capability and industry insights and find out how the Sensor City initiative has progressed in the last six months. Full details and registrations here. See also www.sensorcity.org.uk
APHA Annual Conference 2015
Date: 8 -10 September 2015
Venue: Marriott Hotel, Queen Square, Liverpool L1 1RH
Organiser: Mersey Port Health Authority in association with APHA (Association of Port Health Authorities)
This 3-day annual conference takes the theme: “Evolution-Adapting to Change” and is aimed at regulators, enforcement agencies, industry and policy makers to discuss future challenges and ways to combat them. Further info here or by calling: 0151 233 2583 / email firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW: IOSH PPE INSPECTION COURSE
Date: 9-10 July 2015
Organiser: Complete Site Safety, Brunswick Dock, Liverpool
Complete Site Safety are now accredited to deliver a unique, IOSH Accredited, 2-day PPE Inspection course. It is a legal responsibility for all PPE to be inspected at regular intervals and this hands-on course aims to give delegates an in-depth awareness of matters relating to legislation, safe working practice and the dangers of working with damaged PPE. Call to book on 0151 708 9785 or visit www.completesitesafety.co.uk
LLOYDS REGISTER MARINE TRAINING
Lloyd’s Register will run a number of courses in Liverpool this autumn including:
• Classification & Statutory Surveys (Sept 22-24; £1,105+VATpp)
• Ship New Construction (Oct 13-15: £1,105+VATpp)
• ISPS Company Security Officer (CSO) – MCA approved (Nov 3-6; £1,220+VATpp)
• Risk Management & Incident Investigation (Oct 20-22; £1,105+VATpp)
• ISPS Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO) – DfT approved (Nov 17-19; £1,105+VATpp)
Email: email@example.com or call Fiona Higgins on 0151 552 5214
MEMBERS’ OFFER OF THE MONTH – MNR
Mersey Maritime has teamed up with our newest sponsor Merchant Navy Resources Limited (MNR) to offer members a very special deal on their marine and shore based recruitment needs. For a limited time, Members of Mersey Maritime will be able to access Liverpool and Singapore based MNR’s services at a significantly reduced fee of only 10%. Call David Corlett or Greg Hughes on tel 0151 236 6200. MNR has particular expertise in Seagoing, Offshore, Drilling and Shore Based Recruitment into positions requiring a marine or related background. The offer applies until 30 April 2016.
CASHFLOW SOLUTION FOR SME’s
Recent Mersey Maritime member URICA offers a debt-free cash flow solution for SMEs funded by The British Business Bank and RSA, designed to improve cash flow for suppliers and customers. The URICA solution is fundamentally different to traditional forms of debt based invoice finance, requiring no security or personal guarantees from either party, and can also be used for exports. URICA does this by credit insuring every invoice paid early so that you, the supplier, have no further credit risk and no associated debt. URICA early payment is therefore treated like outright customer settlement, strengthening your balance sheet.
Offer: URICA are offering Mersey Maritime members 5 free credit reviews of your customers/or supply chain. If this offer is of interest, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.urica.com for more details.
ANYONE FOR TENNIS?
It’s happening next week but if you’re quick Mersey Maritime members may still be able to secure tables at the annual Boodles Tennis at The Mere event at specially discounted rates. For further info or to make a reservation please contact Jenny Curtis, Tournament Manager at White Events on 0151 707 1243 or email email@example.com
GONGS N’ ROSES
Congratulations to FPI NorthWest, who have been awarded accreditation from Safecontractor for their commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety. Safecontractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises very high standards in health and safety management among UK contractors. FPI specialise in providing engineering services to the hydraulic and pneumatic industries, with recent clients including Dong Energy, Teva Pharmaceuticals and NSG Pilkington. See www.fpi-northwest.co.uk
Marine lifejackets firm International Safety Products’ MD John Rogers and commercial director Geoff Billington have stepped down following a buyout of the business by UK maritime group Safety and Survival Systems International (3Si). Their retirement comes after 13 years in which they successfully steered the business to a £9m turnover with 100 staff. Elsewhere, CTI Corporate Travel International has appointed Clive Wratten as Sales and Marketing Director and specialist maritime and engineering PR agency Polaris Media has appointed Wirral journalist Chris Amery to the team as senior account manager.